Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin arrived Saturday in Haiti as part of a brief humanitarian mission in an impoverished nation struggling to overcome post-election violence and a cholera epidemic.
Her first stop was to tour a shelter with Rev. Franklin Graham, whose Samaritan's Purse relief organization helped build temporary houses for those left homeless by January's devastating earthquake.
"I've really enjoyed meeting this community," Palin said in a statement posted on the organization's Web site. "They are so full of joy. We are so fortunate in America and we are responsible for helping those less fortunate."
The potential U.S. presidential candidate also planned to stop by cholera-treatment centers, but Roseann Dennery, a spokeswoman for Samaritan's Purse, said details about Palin's itinerary were not being released for security reasons.
Media access was denied to everyone except Greta van Susteren of Fox News, who accompanied Palin and Graham on the trip. She posted pictures on Twitter of Palin getting ready to apparently give gifts to dozens of Haitian children sitting in rows with adults standing behind them.